Noah M. Galton
Noah Galton is a trial attorney and a problem solver. From assisting condemning authorities and landowners with large-scale land acquisition projects and eminent domain matters, to defending entities involved in complex commercial disputes, Noah has experience providing creative legal solutions in high-stakes litigation.
Noah’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, including eminent domain, real estate litigation, energy litigation, litigating issues surrounding governmental/sovereign immunity, and general business litigation. Noah has prosecuted numerous lawsuits to jury verdict, including in both state and federal court, and has appeared in dozens of administrative hearings. Noah has a truly statewide practice, with experience in over 40 Texas counties.
Along with providing innovative and efficient representation to individuals and business entities facing challenging litigation, Noah enjoys counseling clients in litigation-avoidance strategies.
B.S., with highest honors, University of Texas at Austin
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
- Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Editorial Board
Condemnation & Eminent Domain
Condemning Authority Representation: Representation of river authorities, electricity providers, oil/gas midstream and interstate pipeline companies, railroads, municipal utility districts, special utility districts, regional mobility authorities, municipalities, and independent schools districts in the acquisition of real property rights for extensive public projects aimed at expanding critical infrastructure in the State of Texas. Exemplar projects include:
- Assisted electric utility with time-sensitive renewable energy project involving the acquisition of over 600 parcels, spanning over 300 miles, and crossing 11 counties in Northwest Texas for a high-voltage transmission line, including negotiation of real property interests with affected landowners, coordination of efforts amongst a wide array of engineers, valuation experts, and land acquisition agents, and, when necessary, the pursuit of eminent domain proceedings to jury verdict.
- Aided river authority with numerous projects geared towards constructing and/or upgrading transmission facilities throughout Central and South Texas, including assisting in the acquisition of dozens of parcels and obtaining property interests through eminent domain, where necessary.
- Represented municipally owned utility with land acquisition and eminent domain efforts aimed at providing essential electric power to portions of Northeast Texas.
- Assisted water conservation and reclamation district with land acquisition and eminent domain efforts aimed at providing critical wastewater infrastructure to a rapidly expanding portion of Central Texas.
- Served as counsel for municipal utility districts in conjunction with land acquisition efforts necessary to meet drainage and water requirements for residential developments in Williamson and Tarrant Counties.
- Represented independent school district with land acquisition, municipal land use, and eminent domain efforts required to modernize and revitalize aging school facilities.
Landowner Representation: Representation of property owners and other real property interest holders in seeking just compensation under the Texas Constitution and protecting their property rights. Representative matters include:
- Secured just compensation for a developer in excess of $4.2 million over TxDOT’s initial offer for a roadway taking bisecting a planned commercial development in Travis County, Texas.
- Secured just compensation in excess of $2 million over TxDOT’s initial offer for a real estate developer whose property was bisected by a 40-acre roadway taking in Hood County, Texas.
- Secured just compensation for a residential developer in excess of $2.6 million over Williamson County’s initial offer in conjunction with a 21-acre roadway taking bisecting a 464-lot platted subdivision.
- Secured just compensation for a developer in excess of $500,000 over TxDOT’s initial offers for a roadway taking crossing numerous commercial parcels in Dallas County, Texas.
- Representation of lienholders and other property interest holders in defending their interests in various condemnation matters.
General Business Litigation
- Representation of market participants in the Texas electric industry in dozens of cases in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving claims arising from Winter Storm Uri.
- Defended generic active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) development and supply company in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas against breach of contract claims surrounding the development and sale of a generic Sumatriptan injector system, including trial by jury.
- Defended governmental employees against declaratory, injunctive, and ultra vires claims, ultimately obtaining a dismissal of the employees with prejudice on governmental immunity grounds.
- Argued special appearance on behalf of Connecticut limited liability company facing numerous claims in Travis County district court, resulting in a dismissal of the lawsuit with prejudice for lack of personal jurisdiction.
- Obtained final summary judgment against individual claiming trespass damages in connection with the filming of a television commercial in Elgin, Texas, and successfully argued for the affirmance of the judgment before the Third Court of Appeals. See Matthews v. Solomon, No. 03-15-00474-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1749 (Tex. App.–Austin Mar. 2, 2017).
- Defended homeowner’s association against claims for breach of contract and violation of the Texas Fair Housing Act, ultimately culminating in the claimant non-suiting his causes of action with prejudice.
- Defended utility company against wholesale electricity provider in contract dispute arising out of long-term power purchase agreement.
- Achieved favorable settlement for commercial tenant facing breach of contract claims in connection with alleged water damages sustained to leasehold premises.
- Negotiated pre-suit settlement of property damages claim on behalf of the owner of a unit within a high-rise luxury condominium in downtown Austin, Texas.
- Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2019-2022
- Named to “Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Stars” list, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2022
- “Austin’s Top Attorneys” List – Eminent Domain, Austin Monthly, 2021, 2022
- Finalist, Austin Under 40, 2020
- Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2019
- “Texas Supreme Court Reaffirms Validity and Scope of General Easements,” Jackson Walker Insights (February 2020)
- “Legal Fees: Staying Grounded in the Basics in an Ever-Changing Environment,” Austin Lawyer (September 2018)
- “Cutting-Edge Issues in Utility Easement Acquisitions,” 19th Annual CLE International Eminent Domain SuperConference, Austin (February 2020)
- “Measuring Just Compensation,” Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights Law Course, University of Texas School of Law (March 2018; March 2017)
- “Conflicts of Interest & Other Important Considerations for Your Practice,” IRWA Spring Seminar (April 2017)
- Austin Bar Association – Eminent Domain Section
- Chair, July 2022 – Present
- Vice Chair, November 2021 – June 2022
- Waller Creek Conservancy
- Development Committee, 2018-Present
- Generation Waller
- Community Engagement Committee, Chair, 2018-Present
- Steering Committee, Member, 2018-Present
- Community Engagement Committee, Member, 2017-2018
- International Right of Way Association
- Austin Young Lawyers Association
- State Bar of Texas
- American Bar Association
October 25, 2022Attorney News
Jackson Walker congratulates the 14 attorneys recognized among Austin Monthly’s list of “Austin’s Top Attorneys” for 2022. For recognition in the list, Austin attorneys must be nominated by their peers on the basis that they offer experienced counsel in one of 38 categories.
March 22, 2022Attorney News
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 51 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2022 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list, which recognizes only 2.5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
March 22, 2022Attorney News
Jackson Walker proudly announces the selection of Chris Bankler, Amanda Crouch, Josh Flores, Noah Galton, Joel Glover, Reagan Marble, and David Schlottman to the “Up-and-Coming 100: 2022 Texas Rising Stars” list, with Amanda recognized among the list of the top 50 highest-rated women.
November 23, 2021Attorney News
Congratulations to Noah Galton on his election as Vice Chair of the only eminent domain bar section in the state of Texas.
August 3, 2021Attorney News
Jackson Walker congratulates the 20 attorneys recognized among “Austin’s Top Attorneys” for 2021. For recognition in the list, Austin attorneys must be nominated by their peers on the basis that they offer experienced counsel in one of 43 categories.
March 23, 2021Attorney News
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 36 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2021 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list. Spanning five offices and eight major practice areas, these up-and-coming attorneys have been nominated by peers within and outside the Firm.
August 20, 2020Attorney News
Presented by the Young Women’s Alliance and Young Men’s Business League, the Austin Under 40 Awards honor and celebrate Austin professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their careers, while also making an impact in the community.
March 10, 2020Attorney News
Spanning five offices, six major practice areas, and experience ranging from six to 15 years, these 30 up-and-coming attorneys were selected based on peer recognition and professional achievement.
February 28, 2020Insights
In Southwestern Electric Power Company v. Lynch et al., the Texas Supreme Court decided a hotly contested case regarding the interpretation of “general easements.”
February 14, 2020Speaking Engagements
Noah Galton Speaks at Eminent Domain Conference on “Cutting-Edge Issues in Utility Easement Acquisitions”
During the 19th Annual Eminent Domain SuperConference in Austin, Jackson Walker partner Noah Galton, along with Nicholas Laurent of Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, delivered a presentation on key issues and developments related to utility easement acquisitions in Texas.